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Old 09-24-2013, 01:59 AM   #11
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dannyhawkins:

The gelatin was a mistake. I normally use that for clearing, but in this case I'm not even going to transfer to secondary (no point, as you pointed out). Thanks for the confirmation though. Always nice to hear that I'm not completely out to lunch.

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Old 10-02-2013, 08:29 PM   #12
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So I brewed this, and the sample after 1 wk in the fermentor was great. Good mouthfeel and good taste. However, after 2 weeks in the Primary the taste changed considerably for the worse. It now has a fairly strong off taste which I think is from the high alcohol. I tried fixing it by adding some lactose, and I think this helped some but not completely. Any advise? Any ideas on how to avoid this in the future.

After 1 week, SG = 1.020 or so
After 2 weeks, SG = 1.015
OG = 1.067

Am I correct in assuming that this off taste is just high alcohol from a slightly high OG and good attenuation? Any other causes?

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Old 10-03-2013, 01:13 AM   #13
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Well, if you are getting a 'hot' alcohol taste, it isn't simply a matter of high attenuation. Chances are it fermented a little too warm/fast. And the best solution is to just let it age a bit, and the alcohol taste will mellow over time.

On the other hand, if it tasted fine after 1 week and then the off taste became apparent at the 2 week mark, my guess is that it isn't the 'hot' alcohol taste that some people get from too hot/fast fermentations. And without a more detailed description of the off flavor, I'm not sure I can help much.

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Old 10-25-2013, 04:15 AM   #14
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Thanks a bunch for all the help. Bottled this and have been drinking it for a week or two now, and all the alchohol/wine tastes seem to be gone. I'm guessing it could have been from fermenting hot or jut from the high ABV, but it seems to have mellowed considerably now.

Tastes quite good, but I'll probably still try a few small tweaks the next time I make it. Might post the recipe in the recipe DB once I get it fine tuned. If anyone else brews this with or without changes let me know. I'd be interested in what others think.

Thanks again for the feedback

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